Making Sense of It All (6)

trump-inaugrationWhere We Are Now (1)

If nothing else, the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency has clarified what was before a murky situation.  For, prior to this event it appears that the Republican elite’s top priority was to conserve the idea that beneath all of our policy differences there existed a common creed spanning the Progressive-Conservative divide.  Yes, we may disagree vehemently on means, but, so they believed, we were all pursuing common ends, and valued our common heritage.

Thus, for the past thirty years Republican elites have stressed their willingness to “cross the aisle” to work with their Democratic opponents.  There is nothing inherently wrong with this idea.  However, so determined were they to preserve the idea of national cohesion that they actively refused to notice that “compromise” usually meant conservatives compromising their core values to move towards progressives.  As I have previously noted, even the most ardent Republican “bi-partisaners” suffered vile political and personal attack if they were contending with an accredited progressive in an election.

mitt-romney-newsweekThe patience of non-progressives towards “bi-partisanship” likely ran out with the 2012 Republican nomination of Mitt Romney for President.  For, here was a man of manifest good intentions and manners who had successfully governed a “blue” state (Massachusetts) as a Republican.  Yet, this man was systematically slandered in the Presidential campaign to such effect that he ended up reviled by a plurality of the population.

Why then shouldn’t citizens who opposed the progressive project conclude that it was a losing proposition to nominate nice, bi-partisan guys for the Presidency.  For, as I have previously pointed out:

No, after eight years of abuse the electorate that opposes Progressive policies decided that only a bare-knuckled street fighter was capable of winning back the Presidency.  They nominated Mr. Trump, supported him through thick-and-thin and turned out to vote him into office.

So, if you are wondering how we ended up with a man of Donald Trump’s character in the White House, my above answer holds.

cruz-trump-attackLooking back on the 2016 Republican primaries, it’s clear to me now that Mr. Trump won by sequentially exposing each opposing Republican candidate as a wimp.  Thus, what I and many others saw as cruel, uncouth behavior actually had a rational purpose.  Most of the other Republican candidates said that they were tho one who could effectively oppose the progressive movement.  By showing that they would wilt under cruel attack Mr. Trump demonstrated that they, like Mitt Romney, would collapse under the far more powerful attacks of the Democratic media-political machine.

trump_mirror_largeIf progressives and Republican elitists are appalled by Mr. Trump’s victory then they need only look to themselves for the reason.  For, they had built a culture in which progressives were free to engage in the most savage and dishonest attacks on their opponents while elite Republicans cowered in fear before them.

This is the description of an unofficial quasi-caste system (based on family, education and outlook), where the progressive left sits at the absolute top and elite Republicans get to occupy (as long as they behave properly towards their betters) the next lower rung.  Far, far below them sit the unwashed masses of citizens — ignorant, stupid and immoral.  How dare this low caste rise up and elect someone who intends to represent their interests!

What are the interests of those who elected Donald Trump to the presidency will be discussed next.

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Making Sense of It All (5)

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Architect of the Fundamental Transformation Debacle

How We Got to Here (4)

The Progressive Left

The progressive left is absolutely certain about and united on what they want.  That being the “fundamental transformation” of a nation founded on evil and made powerful by plunder.  There is precious little from our founding and history that merits preservation.  No, the whole nation is so corrupt that the only reasonable and moral choice is to burn it down to the bare earth and start afresh.

But it is this very certitude that has led to madness.  So certain is the progressive left of its moral perfection that it has justified and used corrupt means to achieve its chosen ends.

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Lois Lerner: IRS Agent of Fundamental Transformation

And so, our institutions have been weaponized against anyone who dares to dissent.  Thus, the IRS is turned into a tormentor of “right-wing” groups seeking to organize and speak.  The DOJ and FBI conspire to protect their ideological friends and destroy their enemies.  The “Intelligence Community” leaks anything, regardless of damage to the nation, that undermines their perceived political opponents.

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Peter Strzok: FBI Agent of Fundamental Transformation

Individuals and businesses are randomly destroyed by braying mobs in order to induce terror in all the rest of us.  Professors in “institutions of higher learning” teach irrational, failed ideas as vanguards of an achievable utopia.  The “mainstream media” descends into ideological conformity and political partisanship that would make Pravda proud.  Sexual predators are protected because they support the “correct” political positions. This just scratches the surface, but I trust that my point is made.

obama-messiah-BA5fuj6CQAAvSE9So certain were they of the permanence of their political power that all pretense of respect for our nation or its “unwoke” citizenry was dropped.  Their Alinsky law-giver, Barack Obama, had led them out of slavery to our founding ideas and institutions.  All their political opponents had been decimated when the Marxist Red Sea came crashing down upon them.  hillary-clinton-bad-copAnd then, power would certainly be handed to Hillary Clinton, who would lead the progressive left across the Jordan River.  Once across they would finally obliterate their political enemies and build their utopian “promised land” where everyone would be equal, but some would be permanently more equal than others.
But something else happened on the way to progressive utopia.  It turns out that when many citizens saw the progressive left’s true beliefs, behaviors and intentions they recoiled in horror.  Many of them had assumed that the progressive left was a force for reform and renewal.  What they actually began to see was something completely, and disturbingly, different.  And so, they began searching for someone, anyone, who could stand against this rising tide of political correctness and corruption.

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We couldn’t have lost because the voters didn’t see our moral and intellectual superiority!  It must have been stolen by the Russians!

Thus, when Hillary Clinton inexplicably lost the Presidential election all of their fantasies  came crashing down upon them.  How could they have possibly lost a fair election?  How could the citizens of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio have failed to vote in the correct manner?  It couldn’t possibly be because history wasn’t on their side, or because they had governed in a corrupt manner, or that the populace failed to see their moral superiority.  NO!  It could only be because Donald Trump conspired with Russia to steal the election!

Yes, rather than do any soul searching about their own beliefs and behavior, the progressive left apparently descended into a state of madness (or madness like a fox).  But hey, if you can’t fundamentally transform this vile nation by winning elections then other means must be found.  After all, comrades, the ends justify the means.




Debacle Bonus Material: Pure Tragicomic Gold Edition

The Tragedy

The Progressive Left’s enthusiastic embrace of deceit.

The entire menu of race, class, and gender identity politics, lead-from-behind foreign policy, political correctness, and radical environmentalism so far have not won over most Americans.

Proof of that fact are the serial reliance of their supporters on deception, and the erosion of language on campus and in politics and the media. The progressive movement requires both deceit and euphemism to mask its apparently unpopular agenda.

The Comedy

We can get away with it! Those stupid, bitter gun and religion clinging, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it, citizens will never remember how we coddled the Russians for our eight years in office!  Trump-Russian collusion full speed ahead!

The Gold

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What! A Democratic Secretary of State making nice with the evil Russians!  Look away, look away, nothing to see here!

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What! A Democratic President of the United States colluding with the evil Russians! Look away, look away, nothing to see here!

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What! A Democratic administration selling 20% of U.S. uranium to a Russian company controlled by the Russian state!  What!  The Clinton Foundation received tens of millions of dollars from evil Russian sources while the Uranium One deal was in progress!  Look away, look away, nothing to see here!

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What! President Obama mocks Mitt Romney for saying that the Russians are a geopolitical foe!  Look away, look away, nothing to see here!

I’ll stop here, but there’s so much more…wait, what!

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LOOK! AN EVIL RUSSIAN SQUIRREL STOLE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FROM HILLARY!




 

Making Sense of It All (4)

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The Architects of a Conservative Political Debacle

How We Got Here (2)

The Conservative Right

The primary source of confusion within the conservative movement has been just what to conserve.  The inability of conservative politicians to answer this question within the bounds of successful politics created deep antipathy between themselves and those whom they presume to represent.  The consequent disgust and distrust has risen over the years to the point that conservative politicians sometimes appear to have disowned their voters, and the voters have disassociated themselves from the politicians.  That this was allowed to happen is one of the greatest feats of political madness in my living memory.

Where to start?  Were this a less contemporary meditation I’d go way back to 1990 when President George H. W. Bush broke his solemn promise of “read my lips: no new taxes!”  Rather I’ll begin with his son, President George W. Bush.  Mr. Bush ran for President in 2000 on the slogan of “compassionate conservatism.”  It was only after his election that we found out that “compassionate” meant:

  • Signing into law the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill that substantially diminished the freedom most necessary for a healthy republic, that being political speech
  • Prosecuted a war in Iraq that a majority of citizens came to believe was an utter failure
  • Continued the increase in governmental spending that was in indifferentiable from that of a progressive leftist
  • Enthusiastic support for a “comprehensive immigration bill” that was supported by the business community and the Republican donor class but that was anathema to a majority of citizens
  • Refused to defend himself, his administration or his philosophy from vile assaults by the political opposition
  • Standing idly by, or even encouraging (i.e., easy loans to bolster home ownership) government policies that caused the 2008 financial crisis.

When Mr. Bush left office in 2009 he had managed to utterly discredit the conservative political philosophy, thus paving the way for a disasterous experiment in progressive leftist rule.

jillgreenbergatlanticcovIn 2008 a demoralized Republican Party managed to nominate for President the man least able to challenge the ideology and policies of the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama.  That man was Senator John McCain.  Here we had a man who had sought to gain favor with the Mainstream Media as a “maverick” by gleefully and sometimes savagely attacking more conservative members of his own party.  He was a champion of  “bi-partsianship,” which in practice meant caving to the progressive left on core issues such as freedom of speech and illegal immigration.  Finally, he was one of the most “hawkish” national politicians at a time of extreme war-wariness in the nation.  None of this created much enthusiasm in the Republican base or in the general population.

And, just as with George W. Bush before him, his bi-partsianship counted for less than nothing when confronting the Democratic machine.  All of his former “friends” in the Mainstream Media turned on him once the candidates were in place.  He could not draw credible, clear distinctions with the ideology or policies of the most leftist Presidential candidate in American history because he didn’t appear to have a philosophy other than pragmatism.  He wasn’t trusted in judgement, temperament or philosophy by a large portion of the Republican base.

Perhaps no-one could have beaten Senator Obama.  However a political party picking the candidate least likely to, when his deficiencies were clearly apparent, can only be judged as terrible political malpractice.  And so, after the 2008 election Barack Obama was President and the Democrats held large majorities in both the House and Senate.

The Republican Party had utterly failed to earn the respect of its opponents and the trust of those whom it presumed to represent.  The only term that approaches the truth is “utter political debacle.”




Debacle Bonus Material: Trifecta Edition

  1. Win: The Bush family utterly confuses and discredits political Conservatism over three teams in the Presidency.
  2. Place: In 2008 the Republican Party nominates for President the man, John McCain, who is least able to oppose the Progressive Leftism of Barack Obama on principle, and, who is disliked and distrusted by a large segment of the GOP base.
  3. Show:
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The Republican Party completes an unheard of “political debacle trifecta” by, in 2012, nominating the man least able to effectively criticize ObamaCare for President – Mitt Romney.

Making Sense of It All (3)

The Shortest WayHow We Got to Here (1)

Setting aside our ideological leanings and personal preferences, can we all agree that “here” is legitimately described as a nation suffering a schizophrenic nervous breakdown?  Need I describe the behavior of our elected political leaders, the media, our clergy, professors, bureaucrats, lawyers, business leaders, celebrities, etc., in detail to support this point?  If I do than you must have just recently awoken from a decade long coma.  If you think that one of the sides is behaving reasonably then you are so far down some ideological rabbit hole that there is no hope of reaching you.

I am not here pretending to be some wondrously moderate soul who stands above the fray tisk-tisking at all those foolish others.  No, I am way down there in the fray, driven by my own set of ideological leanings and personal preferences.  However, if we believe that there is something called the truth which exists beyond leaning and preference, then we must acknowledge the sad, pathetic state into which we have led this nation.

Any nation will be riven by powerful opposing forces.  The issue is wether those forces can be accommodated within the bounds of civilized politics or will burst forth into chaos, violence and disaster.  At this point it could go either way.

Although both the progressive left and conservative right appear to be suffering from schizophrenia, the underlying reasons differ considerably.  Therefore, in the following posts I will discuss these specific cases within this context.

 

Making Sense of It All (2)

chasmA Deep and Dangerous Divide

Anyone paying attention to politics knew that there was a growing divide between “Left” and “Right” long before the emergence of Donald Trump.  However, by his winning of the Presidency in an unexpected and stunning upset, it became apparent that another fundamental divide had occurred: between those who consider themselves to be the “ruling class” (Republican and Democrat) and those whom they presume to rule.

Prior to President Trump, although Democrat and Republican politicians were separated by differing world-views, they were apparently united by their membership in a “ruling class.”  Within this elite bubble there were shared assumptions about the boundaries of public discourse and policy positions.  Screen Shot 2017-12-31 at 6.53.35 AMThus, when then President George W. Bush supported comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, his administration was participating in a bi-partsian initiative.

The bill’s sole sponsor in the Senate was Majority Leader Harry Reid, though it was crafted in large part as a result of efforts by Senators Kennedy, McCain and Kyl, along with Senator Lindsey Graham, and input from President George W. Bush, who strongly supported the bill.

Both parties were surprised by the vehemence of public opposition, leading to eventual failure of the bill.  In fact, the public opposition to “comprehensive immigration reform” was so broad and deep that President Obama, even with Democratic control of both Houses of Congress in 2009 and 2010, was unable to deliver a bill.

Looking back, “comprehensive immigration reform” was the last hurrah for bipartisan government in the United States.  However, it was only bipartisan in the sense that the “ruling class” had all agreed that their solution was the best that could be achieved for the country.  In real democratic bipartisanship the national leaders convince their respective constituencies that the solution is the best that can be achieved for the country.  In this leadership task they utterly failed.  Consequently, the the voting public simply refused to fall into line.

This watershed event should have been a wakeup call to our bubble-bound elite.  But, so convinced were they of their positional permanence that they thoughtlessly wrote the whole thing off as a strange political outlier.  It turns out that they were deeply mistaken.

Other observers, however, recognized this situation for what is was — a fundamental breach between a country’s citizens and their elected officials.  By their refusal to acknowledge concerns of the citizenry about illegal immigration as legitimate, the bipartisan elite had created a huge political vacuum.  In a democratic republic someone was bound to eventually fill that vacuum.  The only questions were by whom and when.

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I have published an eBook on iBooks.

Christ and Cornelius: The Biblical Case Against Christian Pacifism

Is Jesus Christ a pacifist?  Many Christians believe this to be the case.  However, unless this position can withstand careful Biblical scrutiny it cannot be considered true.  I have subjected this claim to that very standard in this book, and, have found it to be unsupported.  Along the way important issues regarding Biblical interpretation, the person and purpose of Jesus Christ, the application of King David’s life to our own times, the first Gentile convert to Christianity and Western Civilization’s crisis, among others, are discussed.

Making Sense of It All (1)

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How hard could it possibly be?

Introduction

The past thirty months have been revealing and clarifying.

image-20161110-26340-16q3pjoOn June 16, 2015 a celebrity businessman descended the escalator in his self-named building to declare himself a candidate for the Presidency.  His name is Donald Trump, and, aside from my shock at the crudity of his language concerning illegal immigrants, I barely took notice.  After all, he was just one more candidate for the Republican nomination, and, so I believed, was just in it for the free publicity.

A little more than thirteen months later, in July 2016, the Republican Party officially nominated Donald Trump as their candidate for the U.S. Presidency.  Four months later, in November 2016 Donald Trump was elected to the Presidency.  And, for the thirteen months since his election we have witnessed a political firestorm that has melted the facades of our society, revealing disturbing and surprising information.

In this series of blogs I will attempt to “make sense of it all.”